D. W. Washburn
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|"D. W. Washburn"|
US single cover
|Single by The Monkees|
|B-side||"It's Nice to Be with You"|
|Released||8 June 1968|
|Recorded||17 February and 1 March 1968|
RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California, United States
|The Monkees singles chronology|
The Monkees' version was a non-album single, and was also a double-sided hit, backed with "It's Nice to Be with You," also a non-album single. The music was arranged and conducted by Shorty Rogers.
The lyrics tell a story of a derelict (Washburn), chosen by a well-meaning charity for a wash-up and a meal. Washburn declines the offer, though, preferring his jobless, drunken but easygoing lifestyle to a life of responsibility. He mentions, "I do believe I got it made".
The Monkees' version of "D.W. Washburn" was the first single they released after the second and final season of their series on NBC concluded. All their previous singles reached the top 3 of the Billboard Top 100 due to strong promotion through their use in various episodes; without this exposure, the song became the band's first to miss the Top Ten in the U.S. Billboard charts, reaching No. 19. It was also their last US Top 40 single until "That Was Then, This Is Now" in 1986.
A medley "D.W. Washburn" / "L. David Sloane (A Good Man Is Hard To Find)" by the Hutch Davie Calliope Band, entered the Cashbox "Looking Ahead" survey on August 25, 1968.
"It's Nice to Be With You"
The B-side of the single, "It's Nice to Be With You", also charted in the U.S., reaching No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 26 on Cashbox. It charted best in Canada, where it reached No. 15.
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